Takoradi is perfect for a first visit to Africa. well as being one of the safest and most stable of the African nations, it is a microcosm of the continent and you can really take advantage of the stunning coastline, lush jungles, and lively Ghanaian culture. When you want home comforts, there are even beachside resorts to cool down on hot afternoons.

The Work The World House

The Work the World house — your home from home in Ghana — is a huge part of the experience. You’ll share the house with healthcare students from around the world, and this gives the house a vibrant social atmosphere.

Our house in Takoradi is based in a residential area close to the city centre. You can head out to explore the town after placement, and in the evenings there are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to spend time in.

There’s also a nearby hotel that offers private beach and bar access. Back at the Work the World house, you can soak up the sun or relax in the shade with a book in the walled outdoor area, or go for a dip in our private pool.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodaing all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for extra peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

The in-country team will take you on a tour of your internship hospital before you’re due to start. The team will introduce you to your supervisors and other department staff. This is to help you find your feet before diving in.

The Work the World team in Takoradi have a presence in your placement hospital. They’ll pay you regular visits to make sure your internship is running smoothly.

We’ll also assign your supervisors before your placement starts. If you build rapport with them, they’ll help you to see Ghana’s healthcare system through the eyes of a local practitioner.

We offer you support right the way through your healthcare internship in Ghana, as and when you need it.

Healthcare Internships in Ghana

Internships in Takoradi

Medical Internship, Ghana (Takoradi)

Medical Internships

On your medical internship in Ghana, you’ll see how local staff have adapted to deal with the debilitating lack of resources faced by local professionals. You'll also rotate through a range of departments including (but certainly not limited to) NICU, orthopedics, the ED and OBG. The dedicated HIV clinic draws around 300 patients per week, and you’re more than welcome to get heavily involved in this area. In short, this medical internship in Africa offers an exceptional variety of options for you.

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Nursing Internship, Ghana (Takoradi)

Nursing Internships

Our partner hospital in Ghana is extremely welcoming to students. This makes for a fantastic internship and supervision across the board. Areas like female and male surgical are popular (female surgical doubles up as a paediatric department), but there is also opportunity to do some community outreach depending on your field of interest. You will also be able to spend time in reproductive health clinics, or out in the community helping to weigh babies. NICU is a busy department, as is the ED, where you’ll see many trauma cases.

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Midwifery Internship, Ghana (Takoradi)

Midwifery Internships

Midwives in Ghana can expect exceptional clinical experience. You can attend live births, and learn how Ghanaian midwives approach both pre and postnatal care. Procedures like caesarean sections, and complications like breech births, are more common in Ghana than they are in America. You’ll also learn why many patients don’t receive prenatal care. For cultural reasons, Ghanaian women are expected to give birth in silence. Things like this may surprise you. But please remember you’re there to understand rather than to judge. This is one of the many reasons an internship with Work the World is so unique.

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Physical Therapy Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)

Physical Therapy Internships

The hospital with which we are partnered has its own physical therapy department housed in its own block, functioning primarily as an outpatient unit. It is professionally staffed and extremely well equipped by local standards. The outpatient unit handles a significant number of cases each day, the majority of which are regular patients who attend a few times each week. In this department you’ll encounter instances of strokes, post-operative rehabilitation, Bells' palsy, and Erb's palsy among others. Treatment here is focused on the use of gym equipment and instructing patients such that they can continue necessary exercises in the comfort of their own home.

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Paramedicine Internship, Ghana (Takoradi)

Paramedicine Internships

If you’re thinking about an emergency medicine internship overseas, Ghana might be the place for you. The internship takes place in Takoradi’s largest and best-equipped hospital. Of course, ‘well equipped’ in Takoradi is different from ‘well equipped’ in North America. The ED here is open plan and has separate areas for pediatrics and minor surgery. Though, when things get busy (which is often), the lines blur between these areas. You can spend time with local Ghanaian students too, sharing stories and learning skills. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll see how small differences in local Ghanaian culture have a big impact on emergency care.

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Radiography Internship, Ghana (Takoradi)

Radiology Internships

Radiology departments in Ghana are not as well equipped as the departments you’re used to working in at home. In our partner hospital, it is common for patients to be referred from directly within the hospital, or indeed from smaller clinics in the surrounding community. This means you will gain experience observing and analyzing a wide range of conditions. In terms of machinery, you can get experience with X-ray, ultrasound, and more. Other procedures you can expect to get experience with include hysterosalpingograms, barium meals, urethrograms, fistulagrams, and more.

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Pharmacy Internship, Ghana (Takoradi)

Pharmacy Internships

Our pharmacy internships in Ghana will surpass your expectations, and you will experience a clinically-focused placement. As well as spending time in the pharmacy itself, you’ll undertake ward rounds, acquiring new skills along the way. This gives you insight into a completely different side of pharmaceutical provision. What’s more, you’ll observe the inner workings of a lab where medicines like unbranded aspirin are made.

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Dentistry Electives, Ghana (Takoradi)


Clinical experience for dentists in Ghana is eye-opening. Alongside a team of local specialists, you’ll see significant patient numbers. You can get to grips with things like preventive health checks, and take part in an observational internship in the ENT department should you choose. It’s also possible, under certain circumstances, to head out into the community to conduct outreach work.

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After your main placement in Takoradi, you can spend a week in a bustling fishing village. This is an amazing way to get insight into Ghanaian culture at the rural level. In the mornings, you’ll go to the village’s healthcare centre and head out to local primary schools to conduct community outreach. In the afternoons, you’ll get lessons in culture — bringing in the day’s catch with local fisherman, taking trips across the nearby lagoon in a locally built canoe, visiting the local gin distillery, walking through the shallow sea to explore a ruined castle on an offshore island, and walking coastal trails along stretches of unspoiled beach with not a tourist in sight.


"The teams’ medical knowledge was amazing. It was the lack of resources, access to healthcare and cost which made the healthcare system in Ghana so different".

Olivia Gemmill, University of Leicester 2024

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"The confidence I have gained has completely changed me as a student and even as person. If you are thinking about doing something like this, my advice would be 100% JUST DO IT!"

Katie Hudson, University of Lincoln 2022

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"As the weeks went by, we saw some emergencies but no one seemed to be in much of a rush. The idea of urgency wasn’t the same as it is in the Netherlands."

Mariëlle van Eenennaam, HZ University of Applied Sciences 2022

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"They didn’t give oxygen as quickly as we would, so the first five minutes after birth always felt more like half an hour."

Andrea Huber, University of Graz 2022

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"The staff in general were relaxed in their approach to most things. Even if there was an emergency, you would see staff walking over in no particular rush."

Leah Goodspeed, University of Southampton 2022

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What healthcare disciplines do Work the World cater for?

Work the World organize short-term educational healthcare internships for the following disciplines: - 1. Nursing and Midwifery 2. Medical 3. Midwifery 4. Physical Therapy 5. Radiology 6. Pharmacy 7. Dentistry 8. Occupational Therapy 9. Paramedicine 10. Biomedical Science

What is the Work the World house like in Ghana?

The house in Takoradi is based in a residential area close to the city centre. The walled outdoor area has lush gardens so you can soak up the rays, relax in the shade with a book, challenge your housemates to a game of volleyball, or go for a dip in the private pool.

What travelling opportunities are there for me whilst I’m in Ghana?

Takoradi is perfect for a first visit to Africa as well as being one of the safest and most stable of the African nations, it is a microcosm of the continent and you can really take advantage of the stunning coastline, lush jungles, and lively Ghanaian culture. When you want home comforts, there are even beachside resorts to cool down on hot afternoons.

How much does it cost to do a Work the World internship?

Costs vary depending on where you go and the duration. Details of inclusions and costs can be found here